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Baume Debuts in Palo Alto, Plus Lots of SF Newcomers

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Spot a new opening on your block for The Dish? Operators are standing by.

1) The Peninsula: Today marks the launch of Bruno Chemel's solo project, Baume. Chemel made headlines in December with the messy split from Michelin-starred Chez TJ, and now, he's ready to showcase his "signature molecular gastronomy" in a new 22-seater in Palo Alto. The restaurant is named after French chemist Antoine Baume, and is aiming high: the only options are five courses for $78, 10 for $108 and 15 for $148. Should be interesting to see how the challenging menu fares down in the 'burbs. 201 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto; 650-328-8899, website [EaterWire]

2) Berkeley: Plans of the move came out way back in Summer 2008, but Vik's Chaat Corner has finally moved to its bigger space two blocks south. Food-wise, it's pretty much the same deal, though an expanded menu is a possibility going forward. 2390 Fourth Street, Berkeley; (510) 644-4432, website [EaterWire]

And now, more Indian places that are popping up:

3) Russian Hill: An Indian restaurant named Bombay Masala opened. It has a $9.99 lunch and dinner buffet. 2127 Polk Street, between Broadway and Vallejo; 415-292-9878 [EaterWire]

4) Lower Haight An Indian restaurant named Clay Oven opened. It's part of the local chain. 500 Haight Street at Fillmore; 415-255-6000 [EaterWire]

5) Inner Sunset: An Indian restaurant named Curry Village opens tomorrow. It's in the short-lived Cha-Ya space. 1386 9th Avenue, between Irving and Judah; 415-731-2388 [EaterWire]

6) Danville: The fifth branch of Carlos Santana's increasingly-ubiquitous chain, Maria Maria, has opened, as seen in a puffy piece in the Chron today. But do note that profits from his restaurants are donated to charity, so that's one reason to check them out. Santana and Danville, together at last. 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville; (925) 820-2366, website [EaterWire]


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